Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

The Sea Tiger

November 25, 2015

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by Victoria Turnbull

The Sea Tiger is Oscar’s best friend, Oscar’s only friend.

They do everything together — explore the ocean, visit the sea circus, even swim to the surface to look at the stars.

But Oscar is shy, so it’s up to the Sea Tiger to help him find a new friend.

If nothing else, you should check this one out for the illustrations alone–absolutely stunning, and detailed in such a gentle, soothing sort of way.

But it’s also a beautiful story about two friends, and that fear shy people (like me!) can sometimes feel when faced with people or experiences they’re not familiar with. The Sea Tiger takes the lead and encourages his friend to give others a chance, and that leads to all new adventures!

Well worth a read for shy children and adults alike!

The Sea Tiger

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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Thanksgiving Closing

November 24, 2015

thanksgivingThe Plano Libraries will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.  Please note that all libraries will close early at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 25.  Bookdrops will also be closed, but no items will have a due date during the closing timeframe.  Stay home, enjoy food, family and friends…and READ!

May I recommend these titles that we enjoyed during storytime this week?

run turkey runRun, Turkey Run by Diane Mayr

Turkey is on the run from the farmer, but will he be successful in escaping him?  Run, turkey, run!

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz (don’t let the title fool you into thinking it’s a Halloween book!)

ugly pumpkinHe’s an odd shape and size and he’s never picked for Halloween.  When October turns into November, will he figure out where he fits?

lady pieI Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

This lady loves her food and she eats so much, she floats!






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How to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder

November 17, 2015

how to shareHow to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder

What child doesn’t love making a cave to hide in?  In How to Share with a Bear, Thomas makes a cave so he can cuddle up with a few books and read.  But his cave is taken over by a bear, so he finds creative ways to distract it.  Bears like blueberries, scratching their backs, fishing in streams, and honey, but none of these distractions seem to last very long. The reader will be surprised to discover the “truth” behind the bear!

I loved the gentle solutions in this story about siblings and sharing.  Thomas is a loving big brother.  Even though there are instructions at the end of the book about how to build your own cave, your children may not need them!  If you’re in need of quiet book, perfect for cave reading, pick this one up today!

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Finders Keepers

November 12, 2015

Finders keepersFinders Keepers

By Keiko Kasza

“Yay! Finders, keepers!” cries squirrel as he finds a big acorn one day.  But squirrel is not hungry at that moment so he buries the acorn and leaves his red hat behind to mark the spot until he returns.  Now you would think that this is the story of the squirrel and that acorn but it is not.  This is the story of a hat that refuses to remain in place.  When the wind blows it away to a tree, it creates a perfect nest for a bird. Does it remain there? No, it does not! Once again circumstances intervene and it moves on to become a boat for an ant, then a clown nose for a bear until finally it ends up right back where it started from. With silly scenarios and a surprise ending to tickle any funny bone, this story with Keiko Kasza’s endearing, humorous and colorful illustrations will be a hit for any preschooler.

Review by Connie (Parr Library)


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Seaver the Weaver

November 10, 2015

weaverSeaver the Weaver

By Paul Czajak

Illustrated by The Brothers Hilts

Seaver isn’t like his brothers and sisters. They’re orb spiders and they only spin in perfect circles. All of the little spiders spin their webs each night, but Seaver looks up at the stars and finds inspiration. Instead of the smooth circles of his siblings’ webs, Seaver weaves squares and triangles and hexagons! His webs catch many bugs, but his siblings keep telling him that it’s not right for him to weave other shapes. Finally, he builds a web so beautiful that even his siblings can’t deny that other shapes are the way to go!

Seaver the Weaver is a sweet story about being true to yourself no matter what. The illustrations make the spiders friendly and humorous, rather than scary (I’m not a fan of scary spiders!). With all the different shapes in the web, you and your little one can expand shape vocabulary together, as well as learn a thing or two about spiders.

Recommended for ages 2-6

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Where is Jumper?

November 4, 2015

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By Ellen Stoll Walsh

Five little mice are scampering through the woods when one of them goes missing!  Jumper decides to play hide-and-seek and his friends must look all over to find him.  Can you see where he’s hiding?

This is another well-crafted picture book from Mrs. Walsh, an author who has made a career of combining educational concepts with fun, whimsical stories that delight children of all ages.  The colorful collage style and simple story make this a great book to read to or along with young children.  Almost every line has a preposition or two with opposite words paired together to help with comprehension.  The story is perfect for active participation which can help children’s early literacy and language development.  You can act out the prepositions with your hands and have your child copy.  Make a game of finding Jumper with the turn of each page (hint: look for his cute pink feet and tail).  You can even have them draw their own picture to accompany the story.  With a mouse that loves to hide, who knows where his next hiding spot will be?

Reviewed by: Meredith (Harrington Library)

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Marilyn’s Monster

October 30, 2015

monsterMarilyn’s Monster

By Michelle Knudsen

Illustrated by Matt Phelan

The monsters just start showing up one day. They come at random times, sometimes while kids are sleeping, sometimes on the playground or the park, and sometimes in the middle of class! After a while, most of the kids Marilyn knows already have monsters. She tries to wait patiently for her monster. When he doesn’t come, she starts to get antsy. Everyone tells her that you don’t go searching for your monster, that it’s just NOT what you do, but Marilyn thinks maybe it’s time to take things into her own hands.

Marilyn’s quest to find her own special monster is a subdued way of showing that sometimes people get what they want without any effort, and sometimes you have to search for what you want most, no matter what other people say. The soft pencil and watercolor illustrations are fun and whimsical, giving the impression that having a monster best friend would be the best thing in the world! You too will want your own monster by the end.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets

October 22, 2015

melissa Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets
by Charlotte Voake

This isn’t your average silly pet book. The pets in this book are truly ridiculous, but also completely awesome. An octopus is awfully messy, and warthog not at all polite. And a pet crocodile might be… well… dangerous.

This is a silly book to share and read aloud with fun illustrations and a bit of a surprise at the end.

You can also find a lesson from Charlotte Voake on how to draw your very own unsuitable pet online!


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Knit Together

October 15, 2015

knitKnit Together

By Angela Dominguez

This charming mother and daughter are both very creative. The mother likes to knit and the daughter draws all kinds of things. Despite her own talent, the daughter thinks that knitting is SO much better since you can wear the things you knit. She tries to learn how, but it’s a lot harder than it looks. She tries and tries and eventually gives up. Her mother takes her into the craft room to show her how her beautiful drawings inspire her to make so many cute things. They decide the best way to use their creativity is to work together!

A great read for mother’s day, or craft day, Knit Together is an inspiring story of what happens when you embrace your creativity with a loved one. If you’re familiar with Angela Dominguez’s other book Let’s Go, Hugo, you’ll be tickled to find that Hugo is hidden on several pages. Make sure you look for the little, yellow bird!

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Pepper & Poe

September 29, 2015

Pepper & Poe

 Frann Preston-Gannon


This book is so cute! The story is about Pepper, a family cat who enjoys his life very much until one fateful Wednesday, when he is presented with a new kitten named Poe.  Pepper is NOT thrilled with the new addition to the family, as the fabulously expressive artwork shows.

The adorable illustrations speak volumes as the story unfolds. I loved seeing Pepper’s expressions throughout the book, especially on the final pages.  This is a great read for families thinking about getting a 2nd pet (or expecting a 2nd child perhaps?) or for anyone who loves animals.  I hope you enjoy this book and these  cute kitties as much as I did.  Happy reading!



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